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  • Abp of Canterbury Says Church of England Needs a Miracle to Solve Long-Running Row Over Gay Rights

    06/25/2017 2:06:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/24/17 | Steve Doughty
    * Reverend Justin Welby said the divisions cannot be healed by human hands * His remarks indicate deepening desperation among Anglican leaders over the irreconcilable gap between liberals who demand gay equality within the Church * Archbishop made his unusual and heartfelt reference to the need for a miracle in a paper on the C of E’s attitude to sexuality written with his most senior colleagueThe Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday that the Church of England will need a miracle from the Holy Spirit to solve its long-running row over gay rights. The Most Reverend Justin Welby said the divisions...
  • Vocations to the Priesthood Continue to Decline Under Pope Francis

    06/24/2017 6:09:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/23/17 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, June 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Vocations to the priesthood have continued a downward trend since 2012, according to data recently released by the Vatican’s Central Statistics Office. “There is a continuation of the decline which has for some years characterized priestly vocations,” the Statistics Office, which operates under the Vatican Secretariat of State, stated in its 500-page Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae that covers up to the year 2015. One metric for measuring the health of the Church is the number of new vocations to the priesthood to serve the Church’s 1.28 billion Catholics worldwide. A shortage of priests jeopardizes the...
  • The World’s Youngest Catholic Bishop Ordained in Lviv [Ukraine]

    06/23/2017 6:15:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    On June 21, In the Latin Metropolitan Basilica in Lviv, the nominee bishop Edward Kava was ordained as a bishop, on May 13 he was appointed by Pope Francis as Assistant Bishop of the Lviv Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine. The 39-year-old Edward Kava became the youngest Catholic bishop in the world. During the solemn Mass, Archbishop Mecislaw Mokszycki, Metropolitan of Lviv, and Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine, and Bishop Stanislav Shirokoradyuk, Ordinary of the Diocese of Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhya of the RCC, became the chief consecrating hierarch. The Head of the UGCC Patriarch Sviatoslav...
  • Leading Exorcist Appeals for Improved Seminary Formation

    06/23/2017 6:08:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    In an address to members of the Congregation for the Clergy, the chairman of the International Association of Exorcists appealed for an improved formation of seminarians. “Those in charge of training seminarians, in light of the Gospel and of the Church teachings, should instruct them about the real existence, substance and nature of the demonic world,” said Father Francesco Bamonte. “The scant attention paid by seminaries and theological faculties to the demonic world today, and even its denial by some professors,” he continued, “is an extremely worrying factor.” Poor seminary formation, said Father Bamonte, leaves priests unable to guarantee a...
  • U.S. Bishop: No Funerals, Communion for People in Same-Sex ‘Marriages’

    06/23/2017 6:04:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/23/17 | Claire Chretien
    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Those in same-sex "marriages" shouldn't present themselves to or be admitted to Holy Communion, nor may they receive a Catholic funeral if they died without showing signs of repentence, Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki says. Paprocki is the Catholic bishop of Springfield, Illinois and well-known to the pro-life and pro-family movements for his defense of Catholic orthodoxy and morality. On June 12, Paprocki signed a "Decree Regarding Same-Sex 'Marriage' and Related Pastoral Issues." It was sent to priests and diocesan staff last week and subsequently leaked to media sympathetic with the homosexual cause. "The...
  • Monsignor Bux: We Are in a Full Crisis of Faith

    06/21/2017 4:27:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/21/17 | Edward Pentin
    Theologian and former consulter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith calls on the Pope to make a declaration of faith, warning that unless the Pope safeguards doctrine, he cannot impose discipline. To resolve the current crisis in the Church over papal teaching and authority, the Pope must make a declaration of faith, affirming what is Catholic and correcting his own “ambiguous and erroneous” words and actions that have been interpreted in a non-Catholic manner. This is according to Monsignor Nicola Bux, a respected theologian and former consulter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during...
  • Pope to Skip Holding Pre-Consistory Meeting With Cardinals?

    06/21/2017 4:09:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/21/17 | Edward Pentin
    As with the previous consistory of new cardinals, the Pope appears to have decided against a meeting with members of the College of Cardinals. For the second time in a row, it appears Pope Francis won't be convening a meeting of cardinals ahead of next Wednesday’s consistory for the creation of five new red hats. In a statement released today, the Vatican only gave details of the consistory for the creation of new cardinals, a courtesy visit, and Mass on the Solemnity of the Saints Apostles Peter and Paul the following day, during which he will impose the Pallia on...
  • Moscow Patriarch Links Islamist Terrorism, Western Secularism

    06/21/2017 4:05:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow received a delegation from the Coptic Orthodox Church on June 18 and lamented attacks on Christians in Egypt. “Our brothers and sisters, members of your Church, are perishing,” said the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. “Churches in Tanta and Alexandria were bombed; the most dreadful terrorist attack in Minya left hundreds killed; many of the victims were children.” Patriarch Kirill then linked Islamist terrorism and Western secularism: Perpetrators of terrorist attacks appeal to religious feelings of Muslims who are dissatisfied with the secular godless standard being thrust upon them, but they link the spreading of...
  • The Ultimate Gamble

    06/21/2017 9:44:06 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 5 replies
    Unsealed ^ | 6/21/2017 | Gary
    Everyone ultimately has to make a decision: will they trust themselves and their understanding or will they trust God and His.  This choice isn't just for unbelievers, but for those who call themselves "Christian", as well.  For very, very soon those who have placed their faith in themselves and their works and abilities will discover whether that was a wise or foolish decision.  As for me, I have nothing to boast or glory in save the Cross of Christ.  I'm staking everything - my life, my soul, and my future on Jesus Christ and Him alone.  I'm taking the...
  • Muslim converts breathe new life into Europe’s struggling Christian churches

    06/20/2017 10:47:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/21/2017
    Christianity is making a comeback in Europe – and it’s mostly thanks to Muslims, say experts in Islam and faith leaders. A soaring number of Muslims, many of them refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are converting to Christianity, breathing new life into Europe’s once floundering Christian churches. The Muslims are flocking to various Christian denominations, experts said, including becoming Protestants, evangelical or Catholic. As many parts of Europe are becoming more secular and houses of worship are seeing congregants leave in droves, it is Muslim converts who are reviving struggling Christian churches. "European churches have struggled for decades to...
  • How Will The Media and Governments of the world explain The Rapture?

    06/19/2017 10:24:21 PM PDT · by righttackle44 · 245 replies
    Billy Graham Evangelistic Association et al. ^ | June 19, 2017 | RightTackle 44
    If and when the Rapture of the Church occurs and Christians are spirited off the face of the earth to Heaven, how will the secular governments and media explain the phenomenon? Millions of people will suddenly be gone from the societies and populations of the earth. Many who thought or said that they were Christians, will still be here. No born-again Christians will be here. The Billy Graham article is cited to provide information.
  • Dubia Cardinals Publish Letter Requesting Meeting With Pope

    06/19/2017 5:52:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 6/19/17 | Christine Niles
    The Holy Father is yet to respondROME (ChurchMilitant.com) - Vaticanista Sandro Magister Monday published a letter sent by the dubia cardinals to Pope Francis asking for a private meeting. Authored by Cdl. Carlo Caffarra, archbishop-emeritus of the Bologna, Italy archdiocese, the letter, written April 25, was hand delivered to the Holy Father on May 6, and is yet to receive a response. The dubia, or questions, were issued to the Holy Father in September 2016, and came in light of confusion from Chapter 8 of his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, particularly paragraphs 300–305, used by liberal bishops to promote opening...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 18 [Prayer and Meditation]

    06/18/2017 9:45:36 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    I found this commentary on Proverb 18:22, written by Z. Hunter of Dear Queens.. I like it, because it comes from a woman's point of view that I cannot begin to consider. SO of offer to you this commentary on; "He Who Finds A Good Wife" You may have heard of that popular scripture before. "He who finds a wife finds a good thing." It has two implications: 1. that the man is to do the finding (and consequently, the pursuing); and 2. that the wife is the good thing. I won't use this space to draft a sermon on...
  • River of Love & Inspiration

    06/18/2017 4:49:57 AM PDT · by Revski
    Revski Youtube video's ^ | 6/18/2017 | Revski
    Happy father's day and this video is a touch of our Heavenly Father's love.
  • Church of England Chief Backs 'Re-Christenings' After Sex Changes: Officials Risk Furious Backlash

    06/17/2017 4:32:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/17/17 | Steve Doughty
    * Church of England suggests offering transgender Christians re-christenings * Move is believed to provoke a furious backlash among some traditionalists* Last year committee said rules that might stop people changing sex should be abolishedThe Church of England yesterday suggested it will offer transgender Christians ‘re-christenings’ with their new names. Vicars cannot re-baptise those who have changed sex but could use existing ‘services of welcome’ to announce a new name before God, the most senior official said. The advice is likely to be endorsed next month by the Church’s parliament, the General Synod. It will ease pressure on Archbishop of...
  • Cardinal Sarah: Priests ‘Demean’ Gay People by not Calling Them to Chastity

    06/16/2017 6:12:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/16/17 | Staff Reporter
    The cardinal said that omitting Jesus's 'hard sayings' is not charitableCardinal Robert Sarah has said that gay people are called to chastity, and that “we demean them if we think they cannot attain this virtue.” Describing chastity as “a virtue for all disciples”, the Vatican liturgy chief argued that clergy deprive gay people of the fullness of the Gospel if they do not call them to live chastely. In a foreword to the book Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay by Daniel Mattson, the cardinal writes: “To omit the “hard sayings” of Christ and His Church is not charity. Indeed,...
  • Georg Gänswein: Benedict XVI Sees Francis as Someone Who Strengthens the Faith

    06/15/2017 6:47:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 6/15/17
    According to his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Benedict XVI will remain in Rome during the hottest months of July and August, and is always in contact with Pope Francis. MSGR. GEORG GÄNSWEINBenedict XVI's Secretary"Pope Benedict sees in Pope Francis a man of his time, a true witness to the Lord, one who succeeds in building up the faith of people with courage, even at times with methods which can be considered less than traditional. Nevertheless, this is his style - and everyone has his own - this is the style of Pope Francis, which is much appreciated by Pope...
  • Online Campaign Tries to Raise Doubts About Pope’s Nigeria Edict

    06/15/2017 8:31:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 6/14/17 | Ines San Martin
    After Pope Francis issued a dramatic demand for submission from priests in the Nigerian diocese of Ahiara, insisting they all write to pledge loyalty and to indicate a willingness to accept a bishop appointed in 2012 who's never been able to take control, an online campaign is attempting to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the pope's edict.ROME- After Pope Francis demanded that priests from Nigeria’s Ahiara diocese write him promising loyalty, including accepting a new bishop appointed five years ago from outside the area, an online campaign is now attempting to cast doubt on the authenticity of the pope’s...
  • Telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act

    06/14/2017 3:12:48 PM PDT · by NRx
    Orthodox Christianity ^ | 06-13-2017 | Fr. James Guirguis
    The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30) On this day, the Sunday after the Feast of Pentecost, we celebrate All Saints. In the West this celebration falls on November 1st and for this reason Halloween, which means “All Hallows eve or All Saints eve, is the previous evening. In the Orthodox Church this All Saints day is celebrated on the Sunday after Pentecost as a sign of the fruits of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and in the life of her people. Because the Lord, the Holy Spirit has...
  • Church hands out opioid reversal drug at family festival

    06/14/2017 2:19:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    WOWK 13 NEWS ^ | June 14, 2017 | WOWK
    CINCINNATI (AP) - Some people have questioned an Ohio church's decision to hand out the opioid reversal drug naloxone at a family festival. WLWT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2rWbiue ) Holy Family Catholic Church in Cincinnati's East Price Hill neighborhood partnered with the Ohio attorney general's office to distribute nearly 70 overdose kits last weekend. Parish operations manager Jeremy Bouer said providing the kits was the right thing to do because people need to be equipped to save lives when someone overdoses.